News May 2017

Nick Webb Surveys Heavyweight Horizon as he Eyes First Pro title


By Michael J Jones

IN MARCH OF this year, undefeated heavyweight prospect Nick “Wild” Webb made it eleven wins unbeaten by out-scoring tricky Andre Bunga in Edinburgh. The big-punching Chertsey man wanted to impress with his fight shown live on Channel Five but found his smaller opponent in no mood to engage.

Holding, mauling, back-pedalling, turning away; the Germany-based Bunga did everything possible to last the full six. In the last, Webb turned up the heat and rocked his man with a powerful combination but it still went the full six though the 60-54 verdict was a mere formality.

With the win, the 29 year old Webb took his record to 11-0 (9) with only Bunga and Welshman Hari Miles having taken him the distance so far as a pro. The Brighton-based Webb now looks to May 27th for his next outing against an opponent to be named.

With an English-title match against Ricky Hatton-trained Nathan Gorman mooted for later this year, Webb is poised to go from prospect to titlist in the near future providing he keeps winning. An imposing 6’5” and some 255lbs, the Surrey puncher only began boxing aged 21 and is still a work in progress under former British and Commonwealth champion Scott Welch.

The unbeaten heavyweight has only been a pro two years but has done little wrong so far and can really hit with either the right-hand or his thumping left hook. He hasn’t had to show them too much yet but he also has good technical skills honed from a solid amateur career which saw him reach the 2013 ABA final.

Webb began his 2017 campaign with an impressive stoppage of Stockport’s Chris Healey. The result looks even better as Healey went on to beat Welshman Dorian Darch in his next fight in Wales.

“It was one of my best KO’s” Webb tells Livefight last week. “We went in on only a week’s notice and I was very happy with the outcome. I took my time and just let the knock-out come. I ended it with a flurry and a right hook which put him down and cut him. That he’s gone on to beat Darch in Wales makes it look even better.”

After stopping awkward southpaw Healey at 31 seconds of the third, Webb would have that frustrating six-rounder with Bunga two months later but refuses to look at the fight negatively.

“You can look at it two ways with my fight with Bunga” reasons the 29 year old. “On the one hand it was frustrating that I never got him out of there but on the other hand I did six rounds comfortably so my fitness was good and I could have done eight or ten rounds.”

“I should have stuck to boxing behind my jab and been more patient but he was a tricky guy who knew how to survive. I watched some of his fights and he lost to a 7-0 guy named Dennis Don Kiy by a split and I thought he won that one. He’d also only been stopped once (in twelve previous fights) and I watched it (TKO to Sergiej Werwejko) and I don’t believe the fight should have been stopped when it was.”

Although no opponent has yet to be confirmed for his bout later this month, Webb is looking to make his breakthrough onto the UK heavyweight scene soon and is eyeing a few potential rivals for later this year or early 2018.

“I watched the fight between Nathan Gorman and Dominic Akinlade (Gorman took a wide decision a few weeks ago) and, to be honest, I wasn’t impressed with either of them and I’d happily face either in the near future. Both times I’ve seen Akinlade he’s lost, the first time to a journeyman (Josh Sandland*) but didn’t look himself that night.”

*Sandland, from Halifax, beat a 4-0 fighter on his pro debut and then beat the 8-1-1 Akinlade in his second outing so is clearly handy.

“I just want to keep busy with the view of getting some titles now with my main goal to become the British champion.”

The vacant domestic title is to be contested on May 20th by veteran Sam Sexton and Scotland’s once-beaten Gary Cornish in Motherwell. I ask who Webb sees prevailing in the intriguing British title bout between two of his heavyweight rivals.

“I feel both men are on my radar and not above me in any way. Sexton has the superior experience so if he jabs and stays away he can catch Cornish and put him away. I know Cornish, aside from his loss (to Anthony Joshua), has been put down in fights he’s won so I don’t really see him winning.”

The only man to beat Cornish was man-of-the moment Anthony Joshua who went on to become the unified heavyweight champion of the world. The British star has just stopped former long-time ruler Wladimir Klitschko in one of the fights of the year and Nick believes the Ukrainian legend should forget all about a rematch with AJ.

“Klitschko I don’t think will prove anything else if he comes back now. People know he’s been a great fighter and, at 41 after a long career, he’s only going to get worse if he continues. It was a great fight and very entertaining and I believe that shocked a lot of people.”

“Joshua I expected to win after a tough fight and that proved to be the case. On the positive side he showed heart and that he can get hit and still win but (Joshua) also showed he is vulnerable. It was just what he needed and will prove to be a great learning curve for him.”

“He’s had nineteen fights but he was obviously Olympic champion before turning pro and had a lot put into his career to get to where he is now but I’d love to fight at that (world) level someday. There’s a lot of hard work still to do but I feel I can box, brawl and take a punch plus hit hard so I’ve got the tools to get there some time in the future.”

I ask if Nick has ever sparred Joshua or any other notable pros since turning pro two years ago?

“I’ve never sparred AJ but would love the opportunity to do so. I’ve sparred (2-0 puncher and former amateur star) Daniel Dubois, Dereck Chisora and a new guy named Fabio Wardley (who has just made his winning pro debut). Sometimes we get them to come to us other times we have to travel to get the work so it’s all good.”

“I’d just like to thank my supporters, my team and also my sponsors; Time 4 Nutrition, Dudman Group, Prime Gym and the Shore Group.”

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